Why Richmond?

Richmond's business community is extremely diverse, ranging from manufacturing, bio-tech, shipping, retail, restaurants, business services and personal services. With this much variety, there will be a niche for your new business in our city.

All businesses in Richmond must have a Business License, available through the City of Richmond. For information on this and other permits/licenses that may apply to your business contact the City Business License Department, 510-620-6742.

Once you get your business started, membership in the Richmond Chamber of Commerce will help you get connected and grow!

Richmond Enterprise Zone Benefits

Our Enterprise Zone Specialist looks at your business and considers its qualifications for Richmond Enterprise Zone benefits, which amount to significant bottom line savings to businesses of all sizes. Benefits include Hiring Credit, Sales & Use Tax Credit, Manufacturer's Investment Tax Credit, Business Expenses Deductions, Net Operating Carryovers and Net Interest Deductions for Lenders. Contact the Chamber to see if your business qualifies.

Richmond Chamber of Commerce

Certificates of Orgin

The Chamber embosses and signs Certificates of Origin to members for overseas shipments at no charge. Nonmembers may also use this service at $25.00 per form.

Richmond Community Redevelopment Agency, Office of Economic Development

Peruse all that they have to offer to both existing and prospective businesses; those that have chosen — or will choose – Richmond as their home.

510-307-8140 | www.richmondca4business.com

S.C.O.R.E., Counselors to America's Small Business

S.C.O.R.E offers excellent free business advice that is available by setting an appointment with the local representative through S.C.O.R.E. It's completely free!

510-234-3512 | www.eastbayscore.org

West Contra Costa Business Development Center

510-236-3690 | www.wccbdc.org


Contra Costa Small Business Development Center

510-646-5377 | www.contracostasbdc.com


Richmond Public Library (Ask for the Business Librarian)

510-620-6561 | www.ci.richmond.ca.us